Wednesday, July 15, 2009

On Wednesday, July 8th, from 9:30am to 10:45am, we had a group of 15 very excited children from the Boys & Girls club, learning to be gardeners at our Cookman Avenue Garden of Joy.

This group outing was arranged by Marilyn Schlossbach and her assistants, as part of joint ventures with Langosta Lounge and the Gardens of Joy.

The children ranged in ages from 6 to 11, with Renaldo, the 11 year old being the "gardening expert" of the group. During their time at the Garden, the children learned to identify some of the plants growing there; planted seeds and seedlings in our Earth Boxes, tasted fresh mint leaves, harvested green beans and were all round good helpers!

The time for them to leave came all to quickly, but they left promising to come again. We will certainly arrange other gardening classes/outings with the children.

Monday, April 20, 2009


The Garden of Joy is delighted to announce that due to the support and incredible kindness of Sean and Don Hollingsworth, we will be able to turn their empty lot at 715 Cookman Ave. into the crown jewel of our sustainable Gardens of Joy!

Two years ago, The Garden of Joy began as a small sustainable sliver at Trinity Episcopal Church (which still steadfastly supports us), expanded with a larger spot at the West Side Community Center, then a City owned property on Springwood Ave., without the security of a larger, permanent spot in which to “plant roots” for a fixed community garden.

Now, through the generosity of Sean and Don, a spot in the prime Asbury Park downtown area, is ours to garden on a more permanent basis!

Our mission remains: commitment to providing access to fresh, organic, locally grown produce to both our poorer residents and better heeled residents, while using gardening as a base for education and career possibilities through plant knowledge.

Our 715 Cookman Garden of Joy will be a beautiful, welcoming oasis to downtown Asbury, and we have exciting plans for this year, and beyond.

Now, with the 3 truckloads of gardening soil donated by Santi Arana, The Garden of Joy volunteers are ready to rock and roll! Dedication of our Gardens of Joy will be at the start of our Season, in June. We are still awaiting word from the City as to whether we can have a greenhouse on the property so we can expand our growing season. The City has also promised us a third Garden for the West Side, which we are hoping will be a permanent spot for our West Side Garden of Joy.

Patricia Betty, 732/502-9760

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Thank you for coming out to support our first Harvest Feast!

Dear, dear ones,

Thank you so much for coming out to support our first Harvest Feast last night!

I'm sorry I didn't get enough time to hang out with each of you, but it was what I call "enthusiastic chaos"! The darling children ran around taking their jobs as ushers and wait staff very seriously, and I was tied to the kitchen stove. When I finally surfaced to speak with people, three-quarters were already gone!

Anyway, thank you Kathee for bringing your friends, especially Fenecia and her 2 sweet children. Thank you Tim and Evelyn for lending your darling children out to the staff (your daughter is so darling in how seriously she took her job -- they were a joy to be around). Susan, it was great seeing you, and I love your hair longer. Amy, Heather and Mary, a joy as usual.

I spent all of Saturday recovering, and surfaced around 5pm. I do hope you all got enough to eat. Someone has already asked me about the next feast!?:)

With love,

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Harvest Feast



Our very first GARDEN OF JOY Harvest Feast, celebrating our Garden’s harvest

To be held: Friday, November 7th, beginning at 7:30pm

at: TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH (HALL), Asbury Avenue/corner Grand Ave

The children and volunteers look forward to preparing and serving you a delicious feast, based on the plants grown in our Garden, and harvested by us. This feast includes delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian entrees, which we hope will having you smiling with joy!

* ginger flavored vegetable stir-fry
* fish with coconut milk
* Caribbean styled roast pork
* herbed baked chicken
* roasted sweet potatoes and baked squash
* brown rice
* tomato salad
* fruit and chocolate fondue, plus assorted desserts, donated by Langosta Lounge

Please join us! Let us show our youngsters that we can eat healthily, and still have fun with our vegetables!

Our Harvest Feast will benefit The Garden of Joy projects, and is brought to you on a "free will" donation basis. We hope to see you.

The Garden of Joy, div. of Hands to Help, Inc. a 501(c)3 company
519 Bangs Ave., Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Photos from the "Find the Sweet Potato" contest

Ralph & Ephrem hunting for the sweet potato

Alyssa, Ralph, and Ephrem

Alyssa at the Garden sign


Sunday, August 17, 2008


The “GARDEN MARKETPLACE” (519 BANGS AVENUE, ASBURY PARK) will be hosting a Book Signing and Wine Tasting on Saturday evening, Sept. 6th from 7 to 9 p.m. with international Author and Wine Enthusiast GARY VAYNERCHUK, star of Gary will be signing copies of his great new book, 101 Wines Guaranteed to Inspire, Delight, and Bring Thunder to Your World. Cellist and vocalist Monica McIntyre will also perform. A donation for the not-for-profit Garden of Joy allows admission.

Gary Vaynerchuk, a self-trained wine expert, is revolutionizing the wine industry, with recent appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the Ellen DeGeneres show, Nightline, Mad Money with Jim Cramer, CNN, and The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch.

His daily show, Wine Library TV (affectionately known as The Thunder Show), boasts a cult-like following resulting from his enthusiastic, unconventional, and often irreverent wine commentary. In the name of “expanding one’s palate”, while appearing on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Gary convinced Conan to lick salted rocks and he shared samples of dirt and grass with Ellen Degeneres during his guest appearance on her show. With a wealth of knowledge and an entrepreneurial spirit, Gary rebranded the family business as Wine Library. Within a five year time period, Wine Library grew from a $4 million dollar business to a $45 million business.

What raised Gary’s notoriety even more than his business acumen was his foresight. Inspired by sites such as and, Gary leveraged technology to reach an untapped audience. His daily 20 minute webcasts caught the attention of a demographic new to wine and eager to learn. Within a short time, beer sales were outpaced by wine. While his youthful following broke down barriers in the wine industry, the business world (and Web 2.0) admired Gary for creating a new generation of branding, focusing on the internet.

Gary’s unique identity as both a wine expert and a “real person” has reinvented the concept of wine tasting for a new generation. His first book, 101 Wines Guaranteed to Inspire, Delight, and Bring Thunder to Your World, was released in May of 2008 and is available in bookstores nationwide.


Meet the Author!!!

Gary Vaynerchuk – In Person

Saturday, Sept. 6th, 7 – 9pm

The Garden Marketplace

519 Bangs Avenue

Asbury Park, NJ 07712
732 – 502-9760

Thursday, August 7, 2008


Meet the Author

Gary Vaynerchuk – In Person

Saturday, Sept. 6th, 7 – 9pm

The Garden Marketplace

519 Bangs Avenue

Asbury Park, NJ 07712
732 – 502-9760